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BANDAI ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCES THE LAUNCH OF WWW.DOTHACK.COM HOME ENTERTAINMENT WEBSITE
Gaming: Jay Cochran - 2003.01.21


Cypress, CA (January 21,2003) – Bandai Entertainment announced today the launch of www.dothack.com for the upcoming DVD home video release of the animated series, .hack//SIGN (pronounced dot-hack).

Visitors logging onto www.dothack.com may choose between either the anime series specific or the video game specific portions of the website. Here visitors will find background information on “the World”, differences between the .hack//SIGN (TV Series), .hack//LIMINALITY (OVA) and .hack//INFECTION (part 1) for the PlayStation®2, story synopsis, character information, staff credits, trailers, and home video release information. .hack//SIGN will premiere on Cartoon Network beginning 2.1.2003 at 3:00 PM ET

Is it a game? Or is it a world? .hack//SIGN the anime series…

“The World” is an immersive virtual gaming environment of the future. Millions of players log on each day to test their skills in virtual adventures and battles. But none of that concerns Tsukasa. Trapped within "The World", a virtual prisoner - His journey from the digital world to the real world has just begun.

.hack//SIGN boasts an all-star creative staff with character designs by famed illustrator Yoshiyuki Sadamoto (Neon Genesis Evangelion and Wings of Honneamise), an engaging and immersive storyline scripted by Kazunori Ito (Ghost in the Shell and Patlabor), and directed by Kouichi Mashimo (Noir).

.hack//SIGN – LOGIN – Limited Edition Collector’s Box (Limited to 15,000 Units) will include: A Limited Edition Collector's DVD Box, exclusive “GRUNTY” Plush Doll, .hack//SIGN T-Shirt, original .hack//SIGN CD Soundtrack, .hack//SIGN Postcard set and Stickers, and .hack//INFECTION PlayStation®2 Demo Disc. DVD Features and Extras include: Interactive Animated Menus, English/Japanese Language, English Subtitles Option, Anamorphic Widescreen Presentation, Dolby Digital Surround Sound, Dolby Digital Isolated Score Audio Track, Textless Opening/Ending, Character Gallery, .hack//INFECTION Trailer, and Bandai Previews.

Limited Edition DVD Street Date: 3/4/2003, $64.98

DVD Street: 3/18/2003, $29.98

.hack//SIGN © 2002- 2003 Project .hack
All Rights Reserved

Bandai Entertainment Inc. is the premier distributor of Japanese animation on DVD home video in North America. The company has distributed notable titles like Mobile Fighter G Gundam, Escaflowne, Cowboy Bebop, and Outlaw Star. Bandai Entertainment Inc. is a subsidiary of Bandai America Inc., who makes the toys for the hit television series, Power Rangers, Digimon, and Mobile Suit Gundam. All U.S. operations are headquartered in a large, ultra-modern facility in Cypress, Calif. Bandai Co., Ltd is the third largest toy company in the world comprising 53 subsidiaries in 18 countries. In addition to toys and children's entertainment, Bandai Co.'s global interests include video game software, multimedia, music and full-length feature films, vending machines, trading cards, candies, and licensed apparel. Bandai Entertainment is headquartered in Cypress, California and additional company and product information is available through our website at www.bandai-ent.com.


BANDAI ENTERTAINMENT LOGS ONTO THE FUTURE OF VIRTUAL GAMING WITH THE LAUNCH OF .hack//SIGN

Fans Enter "The World" With DVD and PS2 Game Releases and TV Series Premiere

Cypress, CA (1/21/2003) - Get ready to face your match! Bandai Entertainment has announced the March 4, 2003 nationwide release for the .hack//SIGN - Login limited edition with collectors' DVD box set. The platinum series DVD will street March 18th.

Is it a game? Or is it a world? .hack//SIGN the anime series presents "The World," an engulfing, futuristic gaming environment where players log-on to test skills in virtual adventures and battles - whenever both realities
collide, a whole new adventure unfolds. The story parallels current massive multi-player online role-playing games (MMORPG) that have generated worldwide attention with the popularity of "Everquest" and other games, and
follows Tsukasa as he searches for a way out of "The World" after becoming stuck while logged-in.

A runaway hit in Japan .hack//SIGN features character designs by famed illustrator Yoshiyuki Sadamoto (Neon Genesis Evangelion, Wings of Honneamise), a script by Kazunori Ito (Ghost in the Shell, Patlabor), and is
directed by Kouichi Mashimo (Noir).

Hailed by "Animerica" as "the ultimate synthesis of anime, manga, and video games," .hack//SIGN will make its North American television debut on the Cartoon Network in February 2003 and the video game, .hack//INFECTION (part
1) for the PlayStation®2 will be released on February 11th.

"We're very excited about the .hack franchise and with the release of the .hack//SIGN Limited Edition DVD, Bandai Entertainment continues to raise the bar for anime on DVD," said Jerry Chu, Marketing Manager, Bandai
Entertainment.

The .hack//SIGN - Login limited edition collectors' DVD box will be available in only 15,000 units. An exclusive "Grunty" plush doll, t-shirt, original CD soundtrack, postcard set, stickers, .hack//INFECTION (part 1) for the PlayStation®2 demo game will be included with the purchase of the DVD box.


.hack//SIGN - LOGIN DVD features include:
· Interactive animated menus
· English/Japanese language with English subtitles option
· Anamorphic widescreen presentation
· Dolby Digital surround sound
· Dolby Digital isolated score audio track
· Textless opening
· Textless ending
· Character gallery
· .hack//INFECTION trailer
· Bandai Entertainment previews

Bandai Entertainment, Inc. is the premier distributor of Japanese animation home video in North America. Launching under its online brand - AnimeVillage.com in 1998, Bandai is committed to the mainstream success of Japanese animation in video release in the United States for the new
millennium. In little less than four years-and with over 250 home video releases-Bandai has quickly become the leader in Japanese animation. The company has distributed notable titles like the Gundam Wing series, Escaflowne and Cowboy Bebop. Bandai Entertainment Inc. is a subsidiary of Bandai America, Inc., which makes the toys for the hit television series, Power Rangers and Digimon. Bandai Entertainment, Inc. focuses on home video distribution and licensing. All U.S. operations are headquartered in a large, ultra-modern facility in Cypress, Calif. Bandai Co., Ltd. is the third-largest toy company in the world, comprising 53 subsidiaries in 18 countries. In addition to toys and children's entertainment, Bandai Co.'s global interests include video game software, multimedia, music, full-length feature films, vending machines, trading cards, candies and licensed apparel. For more information, visit www.bandai-ent.com and www.dothack.com.


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